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January 21, 2004

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

Inspired by this Slate article, I decided to order Baseball By The Numbers, a book about uniform numbers and their significance to the ballplayers who wear them. Unfortunately, the book is out of print, and Amazon wants $85 US for it, so I'll be keeping an eye out on eBay.

When I played little league baseball, I always wore number 27 for my idol Guillermo "Don't Call Me Willie" Montanez. His snap catches of pop flies and batting practice swats at flying plugs of chewed tobacco entertained me to no end as a child. To this day I get riled when I remember he was robbed of the 1971 rookie of the year award, and even get a little sad remembering my dad breaking the news to me the day he was traded.

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